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Five times the polls got it wrong… but you should still pay attention to them

During the week I was on Matt Chorley’s Times Radio show talking about five political polling disasters, what we can learn from them and why we should still pay attention to the polls:

Find out more about these five disasters, and other triumphs for political polls in my new book, Polling Unpacked: the history, uses and abuses of political opinion polls.

According to the Sunday Times, it is “Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand modern politics … comprehensive yet surprisingly fun”.

One response to “Five times the polls got it wrong… but you should still pay attention to them”

  1. You displayed outstanding knowledge and clarity in this discussion, Mark – except that whilst you mentioned the skewing affect of the US Electoral College, you didn’t mention the critical effect of FPTP on UK polling vs. actual results (percentages vs. seats).

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